Report: (China welcomes consensus on economic corridor)

ISLAMABAD: China has welcomed the consensus reached at an all-parties conference convened at the Prime Minister’s House to address any reservations of the provinces on the route of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

The conference, chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, agreed on priority development of the western part of the corridor, which would be built from Hassan Abdal to Gwadar, passing through Mianwali, Dera Ismail Khan and Zhob.

“Construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is part of an overall cooperation framework set up by China and Pakistan with a focus on the long-term development of bilateral cooperation in various fields,” Spokesperson of Foreign Ministry of the People’s Republic of China Hua Chunying told a regular press briefing in Beijing.

When asked that APC in Islamabad has decided to first build the western part of the corridor passing through Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, the spokesperson said that the project is designed to serve the whole country and its benefits will be delivered to all the Pakistanis.

To a question that the APC has announced to set up a special committee where all parties represented in parliament will jointly discuss and monitor the planning and construction of the corridor and implementation of the projects, the spokesperson said, “China is willing to join hands with Pakistan to move forward on the building of the corridor in a balanced and comprehensive way.”